A College of Teaching is to be established by the government to raise standards and ensure it is on equal footing with other high-status professions.
Writing in the Guardian, education secretary Nicky Morgan and schools minister David Laws announced plans for the institution, which will enable those in teaching jobs to set their own standards and take the lead in raising the profession's skills and abilities.
"Government must not seek to control such a body. But we can do more to make the vision a reality," they said.
"So on Tuesday (December 9th) we are announcing our support for the creation of a new, independent college of teaching that can drive the profession forwards, helping to put it on an equal footing with other high-status professions such as medicine and law."
In 2000, a General Teaching Council for England was set up as a professional body for teachers. However, it was abolished by former education secretary Michael Gove when the coalition came to power in 2010.
Brian Lightman, leader of the Association of School and College Leaders, has said such a college would have to convince teachers of its value and credibility.
Mr Laws and Ms Morgan also want to see more high-quality development opportunities available to teachers. In order to achieve this, they announced the creation of a new fund that will support evidence-based continuing professional development (CPD), led by a network of more than 600 outstanding schools.
Although there has been a culture change in recent years, which has led to teaching becoming an evidence-based profession, the ministers said teachers often express dissatisfaction with the professional development they receive.
High-quality CPD should be the rule, rather than the exception, and teaching should be a profession in which practitioners are able to keep their knowledge and skills up-to-date, they added.
The ministers stated that they wanted to see a shift in attitudes towards teaching in the UK. In a recent international study, only a quarter of people in Britain said they would encourage their child to become a teacher, compared with 50 per cent in China.
Posted by Tim Colman